Donald Trump said Monday that authorities might have to engage in ‘profiling’ to more effectively fight the threat of terrorist attacks in the United States.
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“Our local police, they know who a lot of these people are. They are afraid to do anything about it because they don’t want to be accused of, uh, profiling. And they don’t want to be accused of all sorts of things,” Trump said in an interview on Fox News.
“You know in Israel, they profile,” Trump said. “They’ve done an unbelievable job — as good as you can do. But Israel has done an unbelievable job. And they’ll profile. They profile. They see somebody that’s suspicious. They will profile. They will take that person in. They will check out.”
Trump concluded: “Do we have a choice? Look what’s going on. Do we really have a choice? We’re tying to be so politically correct in our country.”
Investigators “always profile,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, responding to Donald Trump’s call Sunday to profile Muslims, but profiling should be “based on hard facts that lead to the protection of the public,” not on race, religion or sexual orientation.
“We always profile,” Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney, told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” program. “You could call me up and say a six-foot-two man with blonde hair and blue eyes is the killer, I profile white men with blue eyes and look for him.”